When smartphones first came on the scene, mobile games existed as a kind of teaching tool. They were a way for phone-makers to show off the technical abilities of their new devices while acclimating new users to a touch-based user interface. For a generation of gamers with entertainment centers full of next generation consoles and high-definition televisions, the first generation of mobile games were mostly a diversion — something to do while taking the train to a friend’s house to play "Grand Theft Auto III." Well, games have come a long way since then.
Now an entire library of excellent titles is at our fingertips (including a high-def version of "Grand Theft Auto III") that rivals anything you can experience on consoles. There’s even a whole slew of apps and devices that can help you stream your smartphone games onto that 60-inch flat screen of yours. How’s that for growing up?